Bright Plain Renewable Energy (BPRE) and SunPower Corporation have completed the 5MW Kalaeloa Solar Farm in West Oahu, Hawaii.
BPRE manages the project, while SunPower designed and built the system, equipping it with its solar panels and T0 tracker system.
Located on around 14 hectares of land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the project is the largest utility-scale solar plant in Hawaii built on a publicly owned site.
Electricity from the solar farm will be purchased by the Hawaiian Electric under a fixed-price contract for 20 years.
At a launch ceremony for the project, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said: “Hawaii has growing energy demand and abundant sunshine, and it makes sense for the state to maximise our use of this clean, reliable and affordable solar resource. As the largest, most productive solar farm on Oahu to date, it will have significant positive impact on the state's renewable portfolio standards goal of 40% by 2030.”
David Buzby, BPRE‘s CEO said: “Solar is a valuable source of power and attractive investment opportunity, particularly in Hawaii, as it cleanly and reliably serves our growing energy demand without imported fossil fuels, while providing a predictable, low risk return to investors over a long period of time. We're confident that, with SunPower's leading solar power plant technology, this project will benefit the residents of Oahu for years to come.”
Tom Werner, SunPower’s CEO said: “Solar power in Hawaii is cost competitive with other electricity sources.This project will generate power economically for Hawaiian Electric's customers every year for the next 20 years. With more than one gigawatt of SunPower solar power plants operating worldwide, our high-efficiency, highly reliable Maxeon solar cell technology will ensure the guaranteed performance of the Kalaeloa Solar Farm.”